Black Friday is for Making Memories

Last year, I wrote about my family’s crazy Black Friday experience.  Believe it or not, it gets better every year.  We have some great times together and create some fun Black Friday memories!

The last several years, my sister-in-law and I have insisted that we are not staying out all night. Somehow, my adult niece always manages to keep us out all night.  Once, we even managed to get a trampoline in the minivan with five people.  And last year, we finished shopping by 9:00 a.m.  and I got to have three hours of sleep before going to have lunch.

Thanksgiving started as usual.  Everyone got to be together, and of course, we ate more than we should.  We got the newspaper ads out.  We highlighted everything we thought we might want and organized our game plan.  Then things got interesting.

 I have never had an iPhone.  I am an Android user!  “What does this have to do with anything?” you ask.  Well, I was introduced to Siri and the fun began.  Have you ever asked Siri, “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”  So by 3:00 am, we are asking Siri everything from “Tell me a joke,” to “What is the meaning of life?”  And we did not just ask once; we asked each question multiple times.  Siri will give multiple answers.  We let Siri entertain us every time we got back in the car.

Around 6:00 am, I knew my Black Friday post would post so I looked it up and read it to everyone.  Of course, then we had to sing “Dumb Ways To Die.”  I believe this will be our new Black Friday tradition.  We had so much fun rehashing previous escapades.

Different and Quirky

We were afraid that one tradition was going to change last year–our pizza buffet lunch.  There were more people to feed, a sluggish economy, and higher prices.  We had previously decided we would forego the pizza and have leftover Thanksgiving dinner.  Somehow, we found out that they were doing a Black Friday buffet special.  That saved the day!  We were able to go and have our traditional pizza.  I know it sounds weird, but it is something we have done for years.  It’s what we do.  It’s different and it’s quirky, like our family!

Of course, the weekend was not without incident.  There was an impending ice storm.  My oldest son left after we got back from eating pizza so he could get back to college before the storm (That’s another story).  We, unfortunately, did not.  By the time we were ready to go, it had gotten pretty bad towards our home.  We decided to stay another night (I had packed for it, just in case).  We got up the next morning, called friends to check on the roads, and headed out.  The closer we got home, the worse the roads got.  Fortunately, we made it home without incident and a lot of prayers.

What Black Friday Memories Will We Make This Year?

I do not know what this Black Friday will bring, but I am up for the challenge.  Now my family knows that what happens on Black Friday will be written about the next Black Friday.  They need to work hard to give me new material.

Does your family have any unusual traditions?

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